Over the last 7 decades, the European Union has represented both a bold and promising project. During the Cold War, the Union’s core has managed to grow with the successful integration of many states. With the collapse of the Communist bloc and the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Union’s expansion in Central and Eastern Europe began to flourish. Established in the ‘50s by a number of 6 founding states, it nowadays comprises 28 states in Europe.
From an economic point of view, the EU rivals with the United States, but also with the bloc of South-Eastern Asia Economies. This however could not impede the regression befalling over the last years. With the wave of immigrants and the rising of the Eurosceptic current, the predictions regarding the EU’s future have come to be increasingly moderate, at times even dire.
Recently, with the amplification of the tensions between immigrants and the European people, some states have reinstated customs control. States such as Austria or Denmark suspended the provisions of the Schengen Agreement (the free movement of persons in the European Union), thus reinstating customs control. This may have a negative effect on subsequent development, since the cornerstone of the Union is the free movement of persons and goods. It's this very mobility that underlies the structure’s development.
According to the Wall Street Journal, this only leads to the Union’s regression. The European territory has over the centuries been rather familiar with the practice of administrative-territorial fragmentation. Until the early 20th century, Europe was an ethnic, political, territorial and cultural mixture. Nowadays, Germany (the state that sets the pace in European politics and economy) has a rather duplicitous approach on the international scene. Berlin has time and again supported multiple Russian activities, thus attracting the antipathy of many European states. It's possible that a diplomatic conflict between the European states may commence, a conflict that reminds us of bygone times when political betrayal, duplicitous agreements, and the dynamics of political alliances were subject to perpetual change. #Immigration #World Politics #Buzz